Zurich North America has appointed 30-year industry veteran David Fike to lead its life, accident and health business unit, which brings together two previously separate units.
Fike, who joined Zurich Insurance Group in 2014, will report to Kristof Terryn, CEO of Zurich North America. David Dietz will continue to serve as head of Zurich Life in North America, while Chris Howard will continue as head of A&H in North America. Dietz and Howard will report to Fike.
“We see significant growth opportunities in this important segment of our business, particularly around supplemental health and wellness/wellbeing,” Terryn said. “David Fike has the experience to develop innovative protection products and services, and this structure will allow us to take those solutions to market from a position of greater strength.”
Prior to joining Zurich, Fike held a number of senior positions at AIG, Chubb, Ace, Cigna and Prudential, including C-suite positions in marketing, operations and underwriting. He joined Zurich as CEO of general insurance for Malaysia. Following Zurich’s acquisition of the Adira organization, Fike served as CEO and president director of Adira-Indonesia. Most recently, he managed strategic products for Zurich’s Global Business Platforms organization.
“I am thrilled to be back in the US to lead our life, accident and health business,” Fike said. “Bringing these segments together gives us an opportunity to take a fresh look at how we can leverage relationships we’ve built and capitalize on the strength of two balance sheets to differentiate ourselves in the market while having a clear focus on the customer.”